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Obituary for Mary Carolyn Toma

Mary Carolyn Toma, age 95, passed away on March 31, 2024. Carolyn was born on October 30, 1928 on a farm in Marlow, Oklahoma. She graduated from high school at age 16 and enrolled in Cameron College. While attending college, she met a young Army Specialist stationed at Fort Sill named John Toma. Their loving relationship resulted in a marriage that lasted almost 73 years. After moving to Louisville in 1951, Carolyn developed a long and successful career as a real estate broker, and was the co-founder of the Walker-Toma Realty firm.

Carolyn was an active, sociable person who participated in numerous civic organizations and clubs, and enjoyed traveling around the world with her friends. Following retirement, Carolyn and John spent many winters in Florida, but ultimately returned to live full time in Louisville to be closer to family and friends. Carloyn loved and took great pride in her family - but especially her grandchildren!

Carolyn was a longstanding member of Broadway Baptist Church, where she served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, and on numerous committees. Carolyn was known for wearing a hat to church every Sunday. She requested that her large collection of hats be displayed at her visitation for those who would like to wear one at her funeral or keep as a gift in her memory. She will be remembered as a caring and loving woman of faith, who was generous with her time and talents, and will be missed by many.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband John, and her brothers, John L. Smith and Warren Smith. She is survived by her brother Leon Smith; children Mark (Genia), Terry (Melanie McMahon), and Robin Riddle (Mark); grandchildren Brittany Riddle, Blair Close (Gabe), Mattie Toma (Michael Thaler), and Liam McMahon Toma; great-grandson Micah Close, and many nieces and nephews. The family extends a special thanks to the team members of the Palliative Care unit at Baptist Health Louisville and Hosparus for their loving care in her last days.

Visitation will start at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 4 at Broadway Baptist Church, 4000 Brownsboro Road, with the funeral service at 11:00 a.m.. There will be a private burial at Cave Hill Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to Broadway Baptist Church.